November 2017 Around Town 8

FVC HOSTS 2017 ANNUAL CRAFT BAZAAR

Friendship Village Chesterfield launched its annual Fall Craft Bazaar in mid-October on the retirement community’s campus at 15201 Olive Blvd. Featuring resident crafters and floral artisans, as well as external vendors, the bazaar provided an early opportunity for holiday shopping, Sandi Illian, FVC creative arts coordinator, says.

Bazaar items included hand-painted glass, assorted woodcrafts, hand-knitted and fabric crafts, weavings, terrariums, paper goods, silk scarves, floral wreaths and decorations, scents, handbags, jewelry, ladies clothing, accessories and home-baked goods, along with raffles and prizes.

Revenue from the bazaar goes to FVC enrichment programs, including Friends of the Garden, the Angel Tree Project and the Employee Appreciation Fund, Illian says.

CHESTERFIELD CITY COUNCIL 
WORKS ON FINANCES

A final workshop for the Chesterfield 2018 budget will be held November 6. Discussion topics include five-year financial projections, retention policies and strategic planning.

During 2018, the council’s slated public meeting dates will be January 3 and 17, February 5 and 21, March 5 and 19, April 18, May 7 and 23, June 4 and 18, July 16, August 6 and 20, September 5 and 17, October 3 and 15, November 5 and 19, and December 3.

MISSOURI HIGH SCHOOL P.E. TEACHER OF YEAR GOES TO CHESTERFIELD INSTRUCTOR

Terri O’Leary, a teacher at Parkway Central High School in Chesterfield, was selected as the Missouri High School Physical Education Teacher of the Year by the Missouri Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. She will receive the award on November 11 during the association’s convention held at The Lodge of Four Seasons in Lake Ozark.

In her 18th year of service to Parkway schools, O’Leary has been actively involved in developing and implementing effective health education/promotion and physical education programs in the district. She also presents at many state conventions. In addition, she consistently provides innovative teaching and assistance in special projects to her students and school, often involving students in health promotion projects.

IMMIGRANT ENTREPRENEUR AWARD HONORS LOCAL PROFESSIONAL

Chesterfield resident Susanne Evens, founder and CEO of AAA Translation was selected as a 2017 Immigrant Entrepreneur award recipient at the St. Louis Mosaic Project’s annual award ceremony that celebrates St. Louis community leaders. She established her Chesterfield-based foreign language translation and global consulting firm in 1994, which now offers services in 150-plus languages.

Evens was one of the four recipients. She was nominated by peers and selected by a group of business leaders. She supports and volunteers for organizations such as Arch Grants, Circus Flora, the German School Organization and St. Louis’ international Sister City programs.

Additionally, Evens serves or served on several boards, including St. Louis-Stuttgart Sister Cities, a St. Louis-based Sister City nonprofit organization; World Trade Center of St. Louis; German American Heritage Society; and the Missouri Humanities Council and Trailnet. She is a guest lecturer at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and also serves as a media resource for international communications and global business development.

“I am so honored and humbled to be among those named as one of the St. Louis Mosaics Project’s Immigrant Entrepreneurs for 2017,” she says. “While AAA Translation works with companies around the globe and in every industry to help them navigate and succeed in the global marketplace, this award is special because St. Louis is home. We are proud of the strong relationships we have built and the roles we have played in our city’s business growth.”

NEW BAKERY WELCOMED TO CHESTERFIELD MALL

Caramel cakes are the signature item of Natalie’s Cakes & More, a new bakery kiosk in the Chesterfield Mall. Open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, customers can pick up caramel cake chunks, cookies, cinnamon rolls and cupcakes. Special orders can be placed for baby showers, bridal showers, weddings, birthdays and custom cakes. The bakery, which is based in Ferguson, just celebrated its fourth business anniversary.

ALWAYS WANTED TO LEARN IMPROV?

New improv comedy classes are being taught at the Chesterfield Mall by Empowered Artist teacher/performer Bob Baker. The class covers improv comedy basics in what Baker promises is a “safe, supportive environment.” The class fee is $10 for a 2-hour session, with no need to register in advance. The classes are held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Connection, space 632, which is located on the second floor of Chesterfield Mall, next to Eddie Bauer and across from Foot Locker. This month’s improv drop-in classes will be held November 1, 15 and 29. Adults of all ages and teens are welcome to attend. Visit ImprovSTL.com for details.

GOLDEN VOLUNTEER HONORED

Chesterfield native and Mrs. Missouri USA Universal 2016, Cynthia Fleck, Ph.D., MBA, BSN, received America’s Gold Medal Volunteer Service Award for providing 800-plus hours of volunteer services within the local community and across the country to encourage healthy lifestyles. A certificate was awarded to her from the U.S. President’s Points of Light program.

Fleck serves as an ambassador for the American Diabetes Association, sits on the board of directors of the Save a Leg Save a Life Foundation and is treasurer of The American College of Clinical Wound Specialists.

“It only takes a few hours a week to make a big difference in your community and beyond,” she says.

Fleck is an advanced practice dermatology nurse and owner of Cynthia Fleck & Associates LLC., a medical/surgical/biotech/legal consulting firm. She writes peer-reviewed articles and lectures globally about skin and wound care, especially diabetic foot care.

CHESTERFIELD LIFESTYLE HELPS 
SPONSOR TASTE OF ST. LOUIS

Chesterfield Lifestyle publishers Kelley Lamm and Gordon Montgomery were pleased to be among the sponsors for the 2017 Taste Of St. Louis, held September 15-17 at the Chesterfield Amphitheatre The following companies shared in the publication’s booth at the event: Boutique Realty, BounceU, Upper Limits, Club Fitness and Complete Roofing and Exteriors. Organizers estimated 150,000 attendees for this year’s event.

MOBILE PERSONAL TRAINERS COME TO YOU!

GYMGUYZ, a mobile fitness company, expanded into Chesterfield. Certified GYMGUYZ trainers are available to clients, along with specialized vans that include state-of-the-art fitness equipment. Trainers provide customized workouts to individuals, groups and office teams.

“No one works out in the vans. They are only used to transport all the necessary gym equipment into the setting of your choice, whether it’s your home, backyard, office or even a local park,” local franchise owner Katie Mackenzie, says.